Getting back into the school-year groove is a mixed blessing. For both parents and children, the late summer and early fall typically means a return to a predictable routine. But it also often means jammed-packed schedules: after-school activities, keeping up grades and studying for critical exams. School days often lead to school daze, with added stress and pressures for all family members.
Fortunately, there are healthy ways to cope when school-related tasks seem to never end, both for the youngsters and the parents who need to make sure that schedules are adhered to.
Here are three ways to help you breeze through the school year.
1. Magnesium. Magnesium is an essential mineral that plays a part in more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body, including the production and transport of energy.
As most people know from experience, becoming tense often leads to a tightening of the entire body. Magnesium supports normal muscle contraction and relaxation, and also nerve function. This mineral also helps maintain blood pressure that’s already within normal range.*
2. Melatonin. Melatonin is a hormone which is secreted by the pineal gland, produced in response to the sun setting and the approach of night. Normal production peaks around midnight and gradually tapers off by morning.
Although typically used to help fight jet lag, melatonin also is known for regulating a variety of body functions and is well documented to be supportive of the body’s circadian rhythm and sleep cycle. It provides natural support for healthy sleep and may promote a more refreshed sleep. As a bonus, its antioxidant activities have been shown to be more powerful than vitamin E and vitamin C.*
3. Ashwagandha. Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) has been a staple in Ayurvedic health practices for more than 2,500 years. This herb, regarded as one of the world’s most powerful adaptogens, is best known for its ability to help the body adapt to physiological and psychological stress.*
Often referred to as Indian ginseng, Ashwagandha, taken with a standard multi-vitamin, supports a healthy mood. Its major, active compounds are alkaloids and lactones in the withanolides family, and it also contains antioxidant properties which help protect against free radical damage. It’s available, as a liquid extract, too.
Do you have a favorite way to cope with everyday pressures? Share it with us in the comments below.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Laurie Steelsmith, ND, LAc, is a naturopathic physician and licensed acupuncturist who specializes in women’s health. She is the co-author of Great Sex, Naturally: Every Woman’s Guide to Enhancing Her Sexuality Through the Secrets of Natural Medicine and co-author of Natural Choices for Women’s Health: How the Secrets of Natural and Chinese Medicine Can Create a Lifetime of Wellness.